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1961bugeye posted 04-18-2001 04:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for 1961bugeye   Send Email to 1961bugeye  
Has anyone ever put a Tee top on a Montauk? If so, what was your experience?
daverdla posted 04-18-2001 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
Off topic - do you have a 61 bugeye?
Dave
dscew posted 04-18-2001 09:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
I've heard that T-tops on 17' and under make them pretty unstable at high throttle and in stiff winds. I also heard that
Boston Whaler doesn't recommend them on smaller boats, but I can't verify this. Makes sense though, there's not much weight for a good center of gravity under the boat.
Eric posted 04-18-2001 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
I called the technical line at Boston Whaler when I bought my Nauset to ask about a tee top. I was told that even a 17 outrage lacked the lateral stability for a tee top, and that I shouldn't consider one. However, there is another option. I am thinking of trying a Bimi-tee. This is a light weight tee top made in Tampa. The web site is http://www.bimi-teetop.com/index.html
I would be really curious if anyone else has experience with one of these tops on a small whaler like mine. Bimini tops just don't work for fishing boats!
Tsuriki BW posted 04-18-2001 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Eric,

Thank you so much for finding this site/company. This looks like EXACTLY what I want for my Dauntless 14. I want protection but without the arms on the gunwales interfering with fighting a fish. Also the ability to fold it down for "garaging" the boat.

Tsuriki

1961bugeye posted 04-19-2001 08:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for 1961bugeye  Send Email to 1961bugeye     
I am still amazed at all the info I can get here. Thanks all.
Tsuriki BW posted 04-19-2001 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
Just ordered the Bimi-Tee top and electronics plate. The plate mounts on the frame so I can mount my Furuno 667 color fishfinder at eye level. Guy was very friendly and dedicated to customer satisfaction. Well post on the progress. The top and electronics plate are exactly what I have been wanting. Again, thanks Eric.

Tsuriki

Eric posted 04-19-2001 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric  Send Email to Eric     
That's great, I'm really pleased to learn that 2 readers have orders in for these tops. I would greatly appreciate some feedback on quality, fit, and performance. I think they should be the answer for those of us with smaller boats.
Ed Stone posted 04-20-2001 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
I had a t-top made for my 17 outrage.
It worked out great!We had life jackets
stored over head.We dropped the overall
dimensions of the entire top.Someday I
will send jimh some pics.
Ed Stone
Contender25 posted 04-21-2001 10:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Contender25  Send Email to Contender25     
There was a post of www.thehulltruth.com not to long ago on the bimini T-top. The jist of it started with a question similar to that of what started this thread and it was concluded that you should stay away. One person who owned one offered to give it away stating it was so flimsy it was worthless. I had a 18 outrage and installed T-top. Although the boat is a different animal from the montauk I was extreamly pleased with it and saw no performance flaws after it was installed. I have seen these bimini T-tops and i also question their rigidity. Just my$.02
Cruiser posted 04-21-2001 12:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cruiser    
I have he same opinion as Contender. These look like they are not sturdy. Too many rod attachments as well. Sorry, don't mean to be a downer.

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